Appeal court lifts ban on daily, but confirms jail for two journalists Organisation December 27, 2016 Find out more News OmanMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News Activists Al-Habsi and Al-Araimi took part in protests last year demanding greater freedom and democracy within the sultanate’s institutions. Al-Habsi, who is also a photographer, was detained in May last year.The Omani authorities’ persecution of netizens and local journalists has assumed alarming proportions. Eleven other human rights activists who were also arrested on 11 June for illegal assembly and disturbing the peace are awaiting trial. Among them are Mukhtar Mohamed Al-Hanaei, a journalist with the newspaper Al-Zaman, and several netizens including Mahmoud Hamad Al-Rawahy who was convicted with three other activists on 9 July of defaming the sultan and committing cyber crimes. Some were released on 25 June but five are still in custody. They are due to go on trial on 29 July. to go further July 25, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sultanate courts hand down long sentences on netizens OmanMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Oman: Court postpones verdict of “Azamn” journalists, in a trial held below international standards, according to trial observation report Follow the news on Oman Receive email alerts News Read in arabic (بالعرب)Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the one-year sentences imposed on six netizens by the Muscat Court of First Instance on 16 July.“We are shocked by the number of convictions of netizens and human rights activists, whose only offence was to exercise their right to free expression,” the press freedom organization said.“Their names are added to the already long list of those who have been convicted or are awaiting trial. The international community must put pressure on the sultanate to end the policy of stifling dissident voices carried out by its authorities with total impunity.“We urge the authorities to reconsider these convictions and dismiss the charges against these netizens.” The official Omani news agency reported that Mohammed Al-Badi, Mohammed Al-Habsi, Abdullah Al-Siyani, Talib Al-Abry, Abdullah Al-Araimi and Mona Hardan were found guilty of publishing defamatory comments about Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Al-Abry and Al-Badi received a further six months each for breaking the law on cyber crime. All were arrested on 11 June and released on 25 June on bail of 1,000 rials (approx. 2,130 euros) each. Their appeal is due to be heard on 10 September. November 25, 2016 Find out more Joint letter to the Sultan of Oman on the right of press freedom and the targeting of journalists and human rights defenders News October 18, 2016 Find out more
Brad James Written by Tags: Allstate AFCA Good Works Team/Division II/Division III/FBS/FCS/NAIA/Tanner Mangum July 17, 2018 /Sports News – Local Tanner Mangum Nominated For 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNORTHBROOK, Ill.-Tuesday, Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association announced the nomination of BYU senior quarterback Tanner Mangum to the 2018 Allstate Good Works Team.The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has been among the most prestigious honors in college football for more than 25 years.Student-athletes nominated for this award not only seek to enhance their communities but also demonstrate the fortitude to overcome adversity.Mangum is one of 169 nominees for this honor and has been previously lauded as an advocate for mental health awareness.There are two other Utah collegians considered for this award, University of Utah senior linebacker Chase Hansen and Utah State junior defensive end Jacoby Wildman.The Eagle, Idaho native has advocated for mental health awareness in both television and digital interviews during his collegiate career.Former BYU signal-caller Riley Nelson was a part of this team in the 2010 season while other BYU players to be nominated include luminaries such as Fred Warner and Taysom Hill.This list of nominees will be pared down to 22 (consisting of NCAA Division I FBS and FCS football, Division II football, Division III football and the NAIA) with this announcement coming in September.After the announcement of the final team members, college football fans can visit espn.com or the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Web site and vote for their favorite players.Additionally, during the voting process, all nominees will need to remain actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining their usual academic standard.